But when you move west toward Coney Island Avenue, the streetscape changes. And despite the fact that there are many cool business venues, several storefronts are empty.
In the fall of 2011, the Church Avenue Business Improvement District launched a plan to do something about this: a mural competition open to all artists, age 16 or older, who live, work, or go to school in New York City. Great idea.
There are five storefront security gates just waiting to be painted. The artists have responded to the call, contributing a beautiful array of ideas and styles. Now the community gets to vote on their favorites.
My design proposal for Uncover Church Avenue is based on the spectrum, minus red and indigo. Here’s the text, followed by the images:
Church Avenue is home. I’ve been tremendously lucky to live just around the corner from this amazing street since 1988. Truly a rainbow of the world: delightful, exciting, unmatched in diversity of people, buildings, and landscape, one block away from the Parade Ground and Prospect Park.
The mural sites are unusual in that only one side of the avenue is commercial and the other homes, which are part of the Prospect Park South national historic district. My proposal is a very simple design that offers substantial areas of color where each store owner could add written information, a logo, or other graphics. My goal is to bring an eye-catching, refreshing brightness to these storefronts, with a coherent vision that will enhance this complex environment.
Update! Number two will become art for the street. This is amazing and wonderful!!
And it was a great experience to have an interview with Mary Bakija, editor of
the Ditmas Park Corner.